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Researcher, Corporate Innovation (Designated Internship)



Competition # : 30569 

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Internship

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/18/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


This opportunity is designated to candidates that identify as one of the three designated employment equity groups: indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, African Nova Scotians and other racialized persons.

About Us


At Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services (SNSIS), we impact every citizen, business and municipality and business in Nova Scotia. Our mandate is to design and deliver programs and services to meet the needs of our clients and the public good through a culture of excellence.  Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services’ vision is to be a recognized leader in service and public protection that delivers trusted, accessible, modern programs, and contributes to Nova Scotia as a safe and desirable place to live, work and do business.


As part of SNSIS, the Corporate Innovation Unit includes the Outpost for Public Sector Innovation Team and the Operational and Service Excellence Team.

About Our Opportunity


The Outpost for Public Sector Innovation has a team of multidisciplinary professionals that work across departments to address complex problems using innovative tools and approaches. We are looking for a Researcher, Corporate Innovation to join a small, dynamic team of intrapreneurs to conduct primary and secondary research and analysis that will be used for project/program development and delivery, and to support the broader CIU Leadership team in the coordination and implementation of corporate requests and special projects. With guidance from the team, the incumbent will leverage a variety of emerging innovative methods to gather research, engage clients and partners, and visually represent data.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Supports projects and project teams by assisting with primary research (e.g. stakeholder interviews). Conducts secondary research primarily via jurisdictional scans. This may be done through online research and/or reaching out to colleagues across jurisdictions and sectors to find necessary information and build relationships with subject matter experts.
  • Conducts analysis on data and information. When needed, can take data and represent it in a variety of visual formats to tell a compelling story.
  • Supports broader Corporate Innovation Unit (CIU) Leadership in the coordination and implementation of corporate requests and special projects, ensuring that CIU meets and delivers on key priorities related to the departmental strategy map and business plan.
  • Writes briefing notes and information notes for the effective communication of CIU programs and initiatives.
  • Tracks, monitors and reports on research project timelines and deliverables.

Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate you must have graduated within the past three years from a university with an undergraduate/graduate degree in fields such as political science, public administration, sustainability, psychology, history, etc.


You also possess the following:


  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Strong attention to detail, prioritization and organizational skills with the ability to combine speed and accuracy while under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Report writing experience
  • Experience conducting data analysis


The following will be considered strong assets:


  • Experience using virtual collaboration tools such as Mural, Idea Boardz, etc.



The Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.

Working Conditions


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • The Outpost for Public Sector Innovation is located at VOLTA, alongside local resident start-ups and other corporate outposts.
  • Opportunities also exist to work from home and engage in flexible working schedules.

Additional Information


This is a 2-year paid internship opportunity. 

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  PR 06  

Salary Range:  $1,880.06 - $1,955.09 Bi-Weekly


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to